Happy Monday from your friends at Fantasy Alarm! We have some disturbing news from the Bronx about one of our favorite pitchers coming into the 2011 season, and it looks like it might lead to an extended absence. Tonight I will give you two guys that I absolutely can't stand, and one that I think you need to jump on sooner rather than later. I am declaring myself the leader of a new bandwagon, and also we gloat a little about what appears to be a new closer on the South Side of Chicago.
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Phil Hughes was shut down during a bullpen session today and the Yankees young hurler will be re-evaluated in a couple of days to determine what is wrong with him. He threw just 20 pitches today before he declared that he just had nothing. The good news is that there is not intense pain or anything along those lines, but the bad news is after not doing much over the past two weeks Hughes has not really progressed at all. Keep your eyes on the result of the sure to be upcoming MRI to find out what kind of timetable we might be looking at here, but for sure the news doesn't appear to be good at all.
Hmmmm, let's see who got the save for the White Sox tonight...... OH, Sergio Santos. Now you all know that we are not ones to pat ourselves on the back, but I think you might have read his name in many of our articles before. If you have been holding back before, hopefully this is enough to get you to act. Santos will be the closer for the White Sox, and he should strikeout a lot of batters.
A.J. Burnett took the hard luck loss for the Yankees tonight as he pitched eight great innings, but was saddled with his first "L" of the year. It was a little out of the ordinary for Burnett in that he only whiffed two guys in those eight innings, but he also only walked two and allowed three hits so overall you have to be thrilled with Burnett. Overall he is off to an amazing start and you have to have confidence in Burnett, but also remember he got off to a good start last year before it all unraveled. I like Burnett but I am always concerned about his mental makeup if he has a couple of bad starts.
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Philip Humber had another great start for the White Sox, and you have to wonder if he can make this last. Humber was never really a highly touted prospect, as his only claim to fame is that he was involved in the package the Twins got for Johan Santana, but do you ever remember him playing for the Twins? Exactly. But he has started off well and has allowed more than two runs just once this season. Humber isn't a big strikeout guy and unless you are in an AL-only league or a 16 team mixed league, I would probably just keep him on my watch list and perhaps stream him against the lower teams in the standings.
We talked about him on the Sunday edition of The Fantasy Alarm Show on Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio and one day later he makes something happen. Brandon Wood lands in Pittsburgh and immediately gets the start in place of Pedro Alvarez and drove in two runs with a double to make an impact on his new team. They did have him batting sixth which isn't a great spot but it isn't bad either and I think that if Wood can continue to get in games he could have a big time fantasy impact. He had some of the best power in the minor leagues and I have to think that the Pirates will give him a chance. He absolutely belongs on your radar, and if you are a gambling player, I would make the move immediately. I did.
I think I would like to officially start the bandwagon of Cubs' second baseman Darwin Barney. Not only does he have a great baseball name, but the kid just continues to hit even if he is tailing off a little. But tonight Barney hit his first home run of the season, and somehow this guy that no one has heard of now has 13 RBI on the season. He still isn't a starting fantasy second baseman, but perhaps while he is hot you can put him at the middle infield. If you already have him, stop reading this article now and start trying to trade him for someone more established because I don't know how long this is going to last.
I feel compelled to bad mouth Corey Patterson whenever he has a good game to be sure that none of you pick him up. OK, so he hit a home run tonight and drove in a few runs, but you have to realize that he had two hits in his last six days before tonight and he is just having a rough season. I don't like him as a fantasy player at all and urge you to steer completely clear of Patterson.
OK, now I feel the same way about the Cubs' centerfielder Kosuke Fukudome. People, he is a HORRENDOUS fantasy player. He doesn't hit for a good average, he has no power, and he doesn't run much either. AND he plays outfield? Yeah, there is no reason to even entertain having him on your team. I understand he had four hits on Monday, but he could go 40 for his next 40 and I would still tell you to leave him on the waiver wire because he is not going to get you anywhere.
I can't decide what to think of Ian Kennedy. I know that I think that he is the best starting pitcher on the Diamondbacks right now, but I can't decide if I think that he is worth a roster spot at this point. He will get bombed from time to time but overall he is a bulldog and an innings eater and can give you a fair share of good starts. He certainly had one of those great starts as he threw a complete game shutout as he blanked the Phillies of all teams with 10 Ks. I wouldn't over react to this great performance, but Kennedy will give you some value as a pitch streamer.
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